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  1. I think it smells great, more like apple cider...

    I think it smells great, more like apple cider vinegar to me.
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    Re: What are they working?

    Lindens just about to pop here in a couple of days. Sumac is done except for a few stragglers.
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    Re: What are they working?

    We have Glossy Buckthorn blooming now here in Ohio that they just go gangbusters over, apparently to the exclusion of clover. That's OK with me - clover honey tastes like generic grocery store honey...
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    Re: Bees not finding upper entrance

    Another update: After another day, even though a lot of bees were crawling up to the upper entrance, there were still hundreds clustered under the bottom board. So I decided that forcing them to...
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    Re: Moving hives question...

    If you move them more than a few feet, the returning foragers will return to the old hive site and will not be able to find the hive. Best bet is to move them more than two miles away (when they are...
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    Re: What are drone escapes?

    So if I'm using a drone escape to facilitate the use of an upper entrance above a queen excluder, all the drones will be trapped out of the hive and drift to other hives. I'm assuming that this...
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    Re: Bees not finding upper entrance

    Update: I left the restriction block in place so that there's only room for two bees to get through at a time, and they seem to be finding their way up to the upper entrance, either by flying...
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    Re: Bees not finding upper entrance

    My upper entrance is also a slot on the inner cover. However, on some hives in the past, they've used the upper entrance more than the lower, if not exclusively. In those cases, it didn't look like...
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    Re: Bees not finding upper entrance

    I did consider the drone issue after I wrote the post. So I slid open the block I had on the entrance reducer to close it off, to make a hole just wide enough for a drone to get through, or more...
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    Bees not finding upper entrance

    Based upon Jerry Hayes' article, "Queen Excluder or Honey Excluder?", I am attempting an experiment. In order to increase honey production I am switching to an upper entrance exclusively. The...
  11. Strange "swarm" behavior - confused bees in garage

    I got a call today from someone who needed some bees removed. When I got there, there were about maybe 200 bees flying around aimlessly in the guy's garage. The guy said that he had left the garage...
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    Re: Goldenrod honey

    Sounds like buckwheat honey to me. Black as molasses and VERY flavorful.
  13. Re: Old rule- Bees coming in with pollen indicate a queen?

    I have a queenless hive with laying workers, and they are bringing in tons of pollen to feed their drone babies. I don't think it's the presence of a queen that matters, but rather the presence of...
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    Re: Need flower and plant ID

    I agree with Dame's Rocket for the pink ones. The white ones with the serrated leaves is Arrowwood Viburnum. The bees love the Arrowwood, and it blooms right around the same time as Red Osier...
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    Re: Can bees sting through kitchen gloves?

    Yes. I have been stung through the latex kitchen gloves, but only when I have accidentally pinched a bee. I don't think they would be able to apply enough pressure to sting through it on their own.
  16. Antihistamines to prevent bad reaction to stings?

    I take Loratadine (a 24-hour antihistamine) every morning, all spring and summer for my pollen allergies. In my two years of beekeeping, I have been stung 5 or 6 times, mostly on the fingertips...
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    Re: brood in super

    I allow them to expand the brood nest as far into the supers as they want, and add more supers above when needed for more honey storage. This is called an unlimited brood nest. I believe it is...
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    Re: Concerned about ventilation due to ants

    You could try a product called Tanglefoot. It's sticky, resinous gunk that comes in a tube. You spread it as a barrier to ants and they can't get past it because they get stuck in it. Also, make...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    Here's what I think is happening, as I have experienced with my Warre as well as my Langstroths:

    The colony starts on installation with a limited number of workers to build comb, forage, nurse the...
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    Re: Nectar Flow, zone 5, Illinois

    I'm in zone 6a, so I'm probably just a week or two ahead of you, and our flow is in full swing. You should look for honeysuckle and autumn olive, which are just finishing up for us now. Black...
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    Re: Can this be a laying worker?

    Thanks, Michael. I will proceed on the assumption that I have laying workers, and continue to give them frames of open brood. Should I stop transferring frames when I see queen cells with larvae,...
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    Re: Can this be a laying worker?

    Note that I was referring to pinching a "drone-laying queen", assuming that I had one, not a laying worker(s). The drone-laying queen would be as easy to find as any other queen.
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    Can this be a laying worker?

    I have a new package of bees that was installed in one deep of drawn comb 3 weeks ago. I inspected for the first time the other day (after checking for queen release 3 days after installation), and...
  24. Moldy comb/honey O.K. to leave in deadout hives?

    I have two deadouts that have some moldy comb, as well as some thin (probably fermenting) honey/nectar dripping out of open cells. Is it O.K. to leave that comb in the hive for the new bees to clean...
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    Re: Pollen already?

    I'm in Northeast Ohio, and we had a two-day warm spell in the lower 70s a week and a half ago. I saw my bees bringing in light yellow pollen in large quantities, but have no idea what it could have...
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